Lizard's Tail
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  • Plant Info
  • Hardy Bog Plant
  • Blooms Throughout Summer
  • Increases Natural Filtration

Lizard's Tail is a hardy perennial with bright green heart-shaped foliage which is accented with 4" - 6" long spikes of white flowers blooming with a citrus-like aroma from June to September. After blooming, they give-way to small green fruits that appear to look like a lizard's tail. Shade tolerant and very fragrant, Lizard's Tail is easy to grow and can winter well on the plant shelf without any protection.

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Bog Plant - Lizard's Tail
Lizard's Tail
Plant Type Bog Plant
Hardiness Zones 4 To 11
Growing Light Full Sun To Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Bloom Time June - September
Plant Size Vertical Up To 36"
Also Known As Saururus Cernuus, Water-Dragon

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Lizard's Tail will arrive in a 2" Pot (roots with some foliage). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Planting Instructions

Plant directly into pond and water garden planting shelves or you fill individual planting containers loosely with aquatic planting media, placing the appropriate fertilizer tablets into the bottom half of the planting media and covering them over, then filling planting media 2/3 to the top. Place the plant in the center of the pot with the roots spread out over the planting media, and then continuing to cover the roots with planting media. The crown of the plant, which is the connection between the roots and stems, can usually be about 1" below the surface of the planting media for best results. Avoid using bagged potting mix and other lightweight soils because they will float and continually cloud pond water.


Regular fertilization of your Lizard's Tail will keep it growing well all season long. CrystalClear® Thrive™ Aquatic Plant Fertilizer or TetraPond® LilyGro™ Aquatic Plant Food or Laguna Plant Grow Fertilizer Spikes can be pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August, following all manufacturers' recommendation for fertilizer application rates.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

All leaves and stems will begin to die off as winter arrives. If planted directly into a bog area, plants should be left alone after trimming any dead foliage to 1 to 2" above the top of the water. Plants that are on plant-shelves, in planting containers, should be trimmed to 1 to 2" and then gently lowered into the ponds deeper water. All plants submerged before winter must be brought back up as soon as the ice has permanently thawed, and before any plant growth occurs. In Zones 6 and warmer, most pond plants can tolerate being left in place without moving them at all.